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Meaning of front by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French front ( noun ), fronter ( verb ), from Latin frons ( “forehead” ) .


    • IPA: /fɹʌnt/
    • Rhymes: -ʌnt


    front ( plural: fronts )

    1. The foremost side of something or the end that faces the direction it normally moves .
    2. The side of a building with the main entrance .
    3. A person or institution acting as the public face of some other, covert group .
      Officially it's a dry-cleaning shop, but everyone knows it's front for the mafia .
    4. ( meteorology ) The interface or transition zone between two airmasses of different density, often resulting in precipitation. Since the temperature distribution is the most important regulator of atmospheric density, a front almost invariably separates airmasses of different temperature .
    5. ( military ) An area where armies are engaged in conflict, especially the line of contact .
    6. ( military ) The lateral space occupied by an element measured from the extremity of one flank to the extremity of the other flank .
    7. ( military ) The direction of the enemy .
    8. ( military ) When a combat situation does not exist or is not assumed, the direction toward which the command is faced .
    9. ( obsolete ) A major military subdivision of the Soviet Army .
    10. ( informal ) An act, show, façade, persona: an intentional and false impression of oneself .
      He says he likes hip-hop, but I think it's just a front .
      You don't need to put on a front. Just be yourself .
    11. ( UK ) a seafront or coastal promenade .





    front ( not comparable )

    1. Located at or near the front .
      The front runner was thirty meters ahead of her nearest competitor .
    2. ( comparable ) ( phonetics ) Of a vowel pronounced near the tip of the tongue .




    front ( third-person singular simple present fronts present participle fronting, simple past and past participle fronted )

    1. ( intransitive, dated ) To face ( on, to ), be pointed in a given direction.
    2. ( transitive ) To face, be opposite to.
    3. ( transitive ) To face up to, to meet head-on, to confront.
    4. ( transitive ) To adorn the front of; to have on the front.
    5. ( phonetics, transitive, intransitive ) To pronounce with the tongue in a front position.
    6. ( linguistics, transitive ) To move ( a word or clause ) to the start of a sentence .
    7. ( intransitive, slang ) To act as a front ( for ); to cover ( for ).
    8. ( transitive ) To lead or be the spokesperson of ( a campaign, organisation etc. ).
    9. ( transitive, colloquial ) To provide money or financial assistance in advance to.
    10. ( intransitive ) To assume false or disingenuous appearances.
    11. to appear before, as in to front court .


    • ( assume false appearances ): put on airs


Explanation of front by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. confront bodily

    2. be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point

    1. relating to or located in the front

    2. the front lines
      the front porch
    1. the side that is seen or that goes first

    2. the outward appearance of a person

    3. he put up a bold front
    4. a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals

    5. he led the national liberation front
    6. the side that is forward or prominent

    7. the line along which opposing armies face each other

    8. the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer

    9. he walked to the front of the stage
    10. the immediate proximity of someone or something

    11. he was well behaved in front of company
    12. a person used as a cover for some questionable activity

    13. the atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses

    14. a sphere of activity involving effort

    15. the Japanese were active last week on the diplomatic front
      they advertise on many different fronts

    Definition of front by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Front ( frŭnt ), n. [F. frant forehead, L. frons, frontis; perh. akin to E. brow.]
      1. The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face.

      Bless'd with his father's front, his mother's tongue. Pope.

      Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front. Shak.

      His front yet threatens, and his frowns command. Prior.

      2. The forehead, countenance, or personal presence, as expressive of character or temper, and especially, of boldness of disposition, sometimes of impudence; seeming; as, “a bold front; a hardened front”; hence, an attitude and demeanor intended to represent one's feelings, even if not actually felt; as, “to put on a good front”.

      With smiling fronts encountering. Shak.

      The inhabitants showed a bold front. Macaulay.

      3. The part or surface of anything which seems to look out, or to be directed forward; the fore or forward part; the foremost rank; the van; -- the opposite to back or rear; as, “the front of a house; the front of an army”.

      Had he his hurts before?

      Ay, on the front. Shak.

      4. A position directly before the face of a person, or before the foremost part of a thing; as, “in front of un person, of the troops, or of a house”.

      5. The most conspicuous part.

      The very head and front of my offending. Shak.

      6. That which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women.

      Like any plain Miss Smith's, who wears s front. Mrs. Browning.

      7. The beginning. “Summer's front.” Shak.

      8. ( Fort. ) All the works along one side of the polygon inclosing the site which is fortified.

      9. ( Phon. ) The middle of the upper part of the tongue, -- the part of the tongue which is more or less raised toward the palate in the pronunciation of certain sounds, as the vowel i in machine, e in bed, and consonant y in you. See Guide to Pronunciation, §10.

      10. The call boy whose turn it is to answer the call, which is often the word “front,” used as an exclamation. [Hotel Cant]

      Bastioned front ( Mil. ), a curtain connerting two half bastions. -- Front door, the door in the front wall of a building, usually the principal entrance. -- Front of fortification, the works constructed upon any one side of a polygon. Farrow. -- Front of operations, all that part of the field of operations in front of the successive positions occupied by the army as it moves forward. Farrow. -- To come to the front, to attain prominence or leadership.

    2. Front, a. Of or relating to the front or forward part; having a position in front; foremost; as, “a front view”.

    3. Front, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fronted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fronting.]
      1. To oppose face to face; to oppose directly; to meet in a hostile manner.

      You four shall front them in the narrow lane. Shak.

      2. To appear before; to meet.

      [Enid] daily fronted him

      In some fresh splendor. Tennyson.

      3. To face toward; to have the front toward; to confront; as, “the house fronts the street”.

      And then suddenly front the changed reality. J. Morley.

      4. To stand opposed or opposite to, or over against as, his house fronts the church.

      5. To adorn in front; to supply a front to; as, “to front a house with marble; to front a head with laurel”.

      Yonder walls, that pertly front your town. Shak.

    4. Front, v. t. To have or turn the face or front in any direction; as, “the house fronts toward the east”.